The Great Famine – Part 1 & 2

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 “Great Irish Famine” redirects here. For the 1740–41 famine, see Irish Famine (1740–41).
Great Famine

The Great Famine – Part 1

The Great Famine – Part 2


an Gorta Mór

Skibbereen by James Mahony, 1847.JPG
Scene at Skibbereen during the Great Famine, by Cork artist James Mahony (1810–1879), commissioned by The Illustrated London News, 1847.
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Location Ireland
Period 1845–1852
Total deaths 1 million
Observations Policy failure, potato blight, Corn Laws, British Anti-Catholicism
Relief see below
Impact on demographics Population fell by 20–25% due to mortality and emigration
Consequences Permanent change in the country’s demographic, political and cultural landscape
Website List of memorials to the Great Famine
Preceded by Irish Famine (1740–1741)
Succeeded by Irish Famine, 1879 (An Gorta Beag)

The Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór) or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland…

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